Obituaries for April 27, 2012

By Baker City Herald April 27, 2012 09:40 am

‘Pat’ McCoy

Patricia Lee “Pat” McCoy, 66, a longtime Richland and Baker City resident, died April 15, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Hospital-Baker City.  

There will be a celebration of Pat’s life at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at the Community Connection Senior Center, 2810 Cedar St.

She was born on March 8, 1946, at Hood River to Gib and Beth McCurdy. In her youth the family moved to Richland, where she was raised and educated, graduating  from high school in 1964. After graduation, Pat attended cosmetology school at Pendleton and later also received a certificate in upholstering.

She married David McCoy on April 7, 1979, at Reno, Nev. While living at Richland, the couple owned two gas stations.  After selling the gas stations, Dave and Pat moved to Baker City. For the last 24 years, Pat has owned and operated “We Deliver,” delivering to many restaurants in Baker City and Richland. 

Pat enjoyed picking huckleberries, hunting for mushrooms, fishing, crocheting and spending time with her grandchildren and her dogs.

Survivors include her husband, Dave; daughter, Brenda (Ghrist), and her husband, Chuck Kuwahara, of Halfway; son, Walter Ghrist, and his wife, Chari, of Altoon, Iowa; brother, Bill, and Jo McCurdy of Challis, Idaho; longtime friend, Shirley Friend of Baker City; grandchildren Sylvia (Kuwahara) and her husband, Dustin Gratiot of Kuna, Idaho, Jacob Kuwahara of La Grande and McKenzie Ghrist of Altoona, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gib and Beth McCurdy; and her in-laws, Dick and Lulu McCoy.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker County Mounted Posse Kids Trail Ride through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.


Zora Woodcock

Zora Mae Woodcock, 73, of Prairie City, a former Baker City resident, died April 15, 2012, at Blue Mountain Nursing Home. 

A private graveside service is scheduled June 2 at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Zora was born on Sept. 2, 1938, at Baker City to Forrest O. and Florence J. Sharpe Dunnington. She attended Baker High School, graduating in 1957, and attended Treasure Valley Community College at Ontario, graduating in 1975. She married Del Woodcock on Oct. 14, 1957, at Weiser, Idaho. Although they divorced, they remained good friends. 

Zora started work for Southern Oregon Scaling and Grading Bureau in the late 1970s. Her job had her traveling all over Oregon, northern California, and up to northern Idaho. She worked for bureau for more than 20 years before taking a job working for D.R. Johnson at his quality control check scaler. She worked for him until she retired at age 63.

Zora enjoyed sewing, ceramics, gardening, playing piano, and singing. She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. She loved having big family get-togethers with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents. 

Survivors include her daughters, Cindy Pennel (Mike) of Pendleton, Shelley Fischer (Steve) of Canyon City and Kelly Williamson (Paul) of Pendleton; sons, Del Woodcock III (Jana) of Sumpter, and Lance Woodcock of John Day; sister, Beth Daniels (Robert) of Umatilla; brother, Jim Shull (Alberta) of Corvallis; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR, 97845.


‘Ed’ Paugh

Clifford Edward “Ed” Paugh, 77, a former longtime Baker City resident, died April 10, 2012, at his home in Simi Valley, Calif., after a short, intense battle with stage-four pancreatic cancer.

 His funeral was April 14 at the Santa Susana Third Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Simi Valley, Calif. Interment was at the Oakwood Memorial Park in Chatsworth, Calif., next to his wife, Eiko. 

Ed was born on April 27, 1934, at Boise to Clifford Louis Paugh and Luella Carson Paugh. In 1936 he moved with his family to Baker City where he lived until completing his education and beginning his professional life. He attended Tiedemann Elementary School, Baker Junior High School, and both the old and the then-new (early 1950s) Baker High Schools.

He then attended Oregon State University at Corvallis for one year. He subsequently transferred to Brigham Young University where he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.

While at the university, he accepted a call to serve a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Northern States Mission. Upon graduation from BYU, he accepted a job as inspection engineer for the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. For 34 years he held various engineering and management positions until he retired as the department’s senior power engineer. During that time he earned a master’s degree from BYU and a Master of Business Administration from UCLA.

In the mid 1960s, he married Eiko Ohgi, whom he met in Japan while on assignment there for the City of Los Angeles. He was assigned to conduct inspection and acceptance testing of high-power transmission equipment in Japan prior to its shipment to Los Angeles for use in the L os Angeles electrical power grid.

Eiko preceded Ed in death in 1996. They adopted two children, Michael K. Paugh and Mitzi K. Paugh Moss.

Ed loved to travel and frequently took visitors from Japan and elsewhere to the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, San Francisco, and Sequoia National Park. He enjoyed sightseeing, fishing and class reunion visits to Eastern Oregon and had fond memories of the people and places he had grown to love while growing up there, family members said.

He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many positions of responsibility throughout his life, including serving as an ordinance worker in the Los Angeles Temple.

Survived include one married brother, Robert Paugh (Kaye); and two married sisters, Susan Paugh Menhorn (George) and Priscilla Paugh Anderson (Richard). 

His older sister, Gwen Paugh Weisner (John) preceded him in death four years ago.

Memorial contributions may be made to the LDS Perpetual Education Fund or the LDS Humanitarian Aid Fund at 15 E. South Temple, 2nd Floor East, Salt Lake City, UT 84150.


Janice Phillips

Janice J. Phillips, 86, died April 21, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center- Baker City.

Her entombment was Thursday in the mausoleum at Mount Hope Cemetery after a brief ceremony at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel.

Janice Joyce Jordan was born on Nov. 28, 1925, at Baker City. She spent her early years on family ranching operations in the Hereford/Unity areas. After graduation from Baker High School in 1942, she attended Oregon State University at Corvallis.

 Because of growing up during the Great Depression and being without funds, she diligently worked her way through college by being a welder in the Portland shipyards building liberty ships for 35 cents an hour. She graduated with a degree in business administration in 1946. 

 Janice worked in Baker City after World War II until she met and later married Wayne Phillips on Feb. 13, 1949. She and Wayne moved to the family ranch in November 1949 where she lived and assisted with the ranch operations until 2011. 

Janice will be remembered as a very industrious, kind and caring person to all who knew her, family members said. One of her many attributes was always being respectful to others regardless of race, social stature, or personal wealth.

Survivors include her son, Jeff, and daughter-in-law, Paulette; grandchildren, Lee Phillips and Jocelyn and Wes Price; and great-grandson, Ty. 

 Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker Heritage Museum through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.


Philip Dylina

Philip Glenn Dylina, a former Baker City resident, died April 17, 2012.

West Lawn Memorial Funeral Home of Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Phil worked as a truck driver in Baker City.

Survivors include his loving wife, Leslie, of Eugene; and